WBB: Inside Game Powers No. 9 Shaw Past Johnson C. Smith 91-83

Posted February 2, 2013

— A marked advantage in rebounds and inside shots allowed #9 Shaw to power past Johnson C. Smith Saturday evening at Brayboy Gymnasium.

Shaw outrebounded Johnson C. Smith 46-28 and outscored them in the paint 42-22. The Lady Golden Bulls were able to pull in only six offensive rebounds on the evening.

"When we were in our pregame, we talked about the fact that our bigs had to get a certain amount of rebounds - even our guards had to get a certain amount of rebounds," said Shaw Assistant Head Coach Ashante Timoll. " They had that in mind that they had to close out the defensive possession or get another offensive chance."

The Lady Bears were led on the boards by Crystal Gordon, who ended a successful career as a volleyball player for Shaw this fall, and picked up a basketball for the first time this winter. The newcomer hauled in 15 rebounds - eight offensive and seven defensive.

"I think the good thing about Crystal is that she's an athlete," said Timoll. "It's been an adjustment, learning the angles and things along those lines, but when you keep it simple for her - go get the basketball, keep it high and get it out to the guard - she's really begun to see it. We have to keep her in a position where it's beneficial for her to be on the floor, and rebounding is certainly that. It's nice to see her blossom."

The Lady Bears powered their way to an 18-point second half lead, then watched as that lead began to slip away in the waning minutes of the game. JCSU closed to within four with 32 seconds to play.

"We didn't guard the three-point line like we're supposed to and like we should have," said Timoll. "We know that (Brittany) Dorsett can shoot that basketball from way out. I think we kind of relaxed and with some of our subs in the game, missed some assignments. They ended up hitting their threes and as they're coming back, they get their home crowd behind them. They start feeling it and that basket keeps getting wider and wider."

With the win, Shaw improves to 18-3 on the season, 9-2 in the CIAA and 4-1 in the conference's Southern Division. JCSU falls to 7-13, 4-7 in the conference and 3-2 in the division.

The Lady Bears and Lady Golden Bulls played a game of scoring runs in the first half, with Shaw taking some advantage on the boards, but allowing JCSU back in the game with turnovers.

Shaw held Smith to only 11 rebounds in the entire first half, allowing them only two second-chance points, but they turned the ball over 13 times, giving the Lady Golden Bulls ten points off of turnovers.

The first four minutes of the contest were a back-and-forth affair, with neither team finding a rhythm or hitting a lot of shots. With 16:15 left in the half, Deanna Downer hit a jumper to give the Lady Golden Bulls a 6-3 advantage.

The Lady Bears found their footing and their strength inside as they scored seven straight points to take a 10-6 lead when Taylor Dalrymple hit a free throw with 13:14 left.

After a pair of JCSU free throws, Kearah Jeffreys hit a three to stretch the Shaw lead to five and start what would become an eight-point run. With 11:03 left in the half, Crystal Harris got a pass from Dalrymple underneath and converted on an easy layup to give Shaw an 18-8 lead.

Shaw still held a ten-point 20-10 lead when Brittany Dorsett hit a three to begin a 13-2 run that culminated when she stole the ball from Jeffreys and converted the fastbreak with an uncontested layup to give JCSU a 23-22 lead with 5:48 left in the half.

Shaw then went on a run of their own, scoring 12 straight points, including five straight from Adana David to conclude the run and give Shaw a 34-23 lead with 2:49 left.

Kaylah Gholson hit a jumper for the Lady Golden Bulls to end the Shaw run, and Dorsett added another fastbreak layup to cut the Shaw lead to seven. The two teams exchanged buckets the rest of the way, with Shaw going into the locker room at the half with a 38-31 lead.

The first four minutes of the second half continued the even exchange. Shaw would build a lead as big as ten with 16:56 left in the contest on a layup by Crystal Wilson, but JCSU scored three straight, including a layup by Downer to trim the Shaw lead to seven, 44-37, with 16:12 left.

The Lady Bears answered by scoring eight straight points and putting the contest seemingly out of reach for the Lady Golden Bulls. Wilson hit a jumper to start the run with 14:58 remaining. Less than two minutes later, Ronika Ransford got a layup off a fast break to build a 52-37 lead.

Kaylah Gholson hit a three to end that Shaw run, but the Lady Bears then reeled off six straight, including a three-point play by Harris and a three-pointer by Sequoyah Griffin to give Shaw a 58-40 lead with 11:54 left.

Six minutes later, Griffin hit a jumper to regain an 18-point margin, 74-56.

With 2:54 showing on the clock, Dalrymple hit a layup on a pass from Chelsea Pinkstaff to give the Lady Bears an 81-64 lead.

In less than a minute, the Lady Golden Bulls scored eight straight points, including a three from Dorsett. After Sequoyah Griffin scored on a pair of free throws to bump the Shaw lead back into double digits, JCSU responded with five straight points in less than a minute.

With 49 ticks left, Deanna Downer hit a three to cut the Shaw lead to 83-77. They immediately fouled, sending Dalrymple to the line. She converted both.

With 32 seconds left on the clock, Dalrymple fouled Dorsett, then was hit with a technical, sending the JCSU guard to the line for four free throws. She hit all of them, cutting the Shaw lead to 85-81.

The rest of the way, the teams shot free throws, with Shaw closing out the game on a 6-2 run, giving them the 91-83 final.

Ransford led the Lady Bears with 18 points. Three Shaw players had 11 apiece: Harris, Griffin and Dalrymple. Gordon finished with eight points and 15 rebounds. Three Lady Bears - Ransford, Diamond Mitchell and Dalrymple had three assists each.

Dorsett finished with a game-high 28 points. Downer had 22 and Gholson had 12. Dorsett finished with seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Lady Golden Bulls.

The Lady Bears now have a full week off before travelling to Salisbury, N.C. to take on Livingstone.

"I think it gives us a opportunity to regroup," Timoll said of the layoff. "We're entering the third part of the season. Now you're talking about positioning for the tournament. It gives us an opportunity to get 100 percent because we've been playing back-to-back-to-back, since we started playing in December. Now we get a chance to go home, we can get rested up, we can practice and tweak some things so we can finish off this part of the season strong."

Game time Saturday is 5:30 p.m.


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